Peak Performance

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-06-06
  • Publisher: Rodale Books

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What does it take to go from good to great? Step up at work, in sports, and at home with this “transfixing book on how to sustain peak performance and avoid burnout” (Adam Grant).
A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and writer who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes, team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how you can achieve your best.
The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities—from athletic to intellectual and artistic—with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally- siloed ways of thinking. The result is a life-changing book in which you can learn how to enhance your performance via myriad ways including: optimally alternating between periods of intense work and rest; priming the body and mind for enhanced productivity; and developing and harnessing the power of a self-transcending purpose.
In revealing the science of great performance and the stories of great performers across a wide range of capabilities, Peak Performance uncovers the secrets of success, and coaches you on how to use them. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever "your game" may be, Peak Performance will teach you how.

Author Biography

Brad Stulberg writes about the art and science of human performance for various media outlets including Outside Magazine, Runner's World, Men's Fitness, Competitor Magazine, NPR, and Blue Ridge Outdoors. He also has a widely read column on the Huffington Post. Brad currently works in population health for Kaiser Permanente, where he develops programs to help people maximize their health and vitality. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

Steve Magness is the author of The Science of Running, a well-received, self-published book on how to maximize running performance. Host of the podcast "Magness and Marcus on Coaching," Steve was a columnist for Running Times magazine and has also written for Competitor and Runner's World. Steve is currently the head coach for the University of Houston track and field team and a world-renowned expert on endurance training. He lives in Houston, TX.

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